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**WARNING**
DO NOT VIEW THIS PHOTO IF YOU HAVE A WEAK HEART, SOFT SPOT FOR ADORABLE CREATURES, OR HYPERACTIVE "AWWWWWWW" REFLEX​

The Friedmans' eggs hatched today!!!
For your viewing pleasure, I present, little Friedman Junior #1.



I didn't expect the eggs to hatch until tomorrow so I went in the loft to switch the Friedmans' eggs for the two infertile eggs under my fosters (a pair of hens, unconventional, I know, but they happened to pair up and lay the same day as the Budas. They sat religiously and after getting the OK from another breeder, I thought, what the heck - let the 2 hens foster!).

Imagine my surprise when Mrs. Friedman stood up and there were two little babies!!!! So my friend told me to switch just one baby tonight, see how the hens do with feeding. If they do good, I can give them both babies. If not, I give Jr. back to the Budas then take over in 5 or 6 days when they can no longer successfully feed them. (The short-faced Budas can't feed beyond the pigeon milk)

I'm ready, willing, and able to hand-feed so it's no problem.

ANYWAY. I hope you like the pic! (Daryl especially!!! Look what you're in for!!!)

Best,
Kari Jo

(I guess I'm back on PT - now that I'm a Grandma!!)
:eek:

Here's The Duchess (WOE Tumbler) and Sylvie (Classic Old Frill) trying to figure out how their egg suddenly turned into a little squiggly squab!! Look at how tiny!

 

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Well, well, well! Just too darned CUTE, KariJo! Hopefully Friedman has gotten into your good graces by blessing you with these two little ones! :) Great pics, and I hope the foster Moms will be up to the task.

Yep .. you are definitely a Grandmom now, and there's no escaping us at Pigeon-Talk at this point.

Congratulations on the new babies .. please keep the pics and updates coming!

Terry, who is tempted to go tell Laz and Lil it would be OK ..
 

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Oh my gosh, Terry. You should.... I'm telling you. I have seen babies in my friends' lofts, but I was so not prepared for the insane teeny tiny cuteness of these little juniors. My friend who has Friedman's siblings and cousins warned me though - apparently he had a number of babies and they were all doing great, then as they figured out they had legs they took off sprinting around their nestboxes!!! He said it wasn't like normal squabbie wandering, these guys like to MOVE and run around. And so he lost a few that pitched their tiny selves out by accident!!! It's terrible! But I'm glad he told me, I am going to put a little barrier on the outside of the buda nestbox to prevent any little running friedmen from leaping out. Oh I just love them already - so very very much!!! Figures they would be naughty babies!!
 

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I hung around in the loft for a half hour this morning waiting and waiting to see if the foster pair (Sylvie and Duchess) were feeding the baby - they ARE!! I didn't see the Friedmans feeding the other, but I checked it out (it's the bigger of the two) and it seems to have milk in it's crop. I'll check again this afternoon and decide if I should switch it down to the foster pair also. I probably will, since they seem to be taking very good care of the baby I gave them - even though they BOTH want to sit in the bowl at the same time!!
 

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Well, well, well! Just too darned CUTE, KariJo! Hopefully Friedman has gotten into your good graces by blessing you

Congratulations on the new babies .. please keep the pics and updates coming!

Terry, who is tempted to go tell Laz and Lil it would be OK ..
Terry,
By all means, do so. You deserve some baby flying frogs, too. I'd be more than glad to gift you with some babies from Laz and Lily.
Daryl
 

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ABSOLUTELY DARLING! Yes, do put a barrier in the front of the nest box to stop accidental leaping into space. I always do that when I have babies. I just make one out of cardboard and tape it in place. Then can replace it easily when it gets too dirty or remove it when they begin to fly.

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I just don't know how so much cuteness can be stuffed inside such a tiny little package! :D:D

karijo I hope you're aware that it's a law on PT to post pictures of cute baby pigeons on a regular basis??? ;)
 

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Well, I do now! LOL

I switched the babies tonight, I left the larger baby with the budas and put the smaller under the fosters - just to see how it went. Well, the budas are actually doing a better job of feeding!! I don't know why, so my friend told me to switch the babies tonight and see what's going on in the morning. If the fosters don;t put enough milk in the bigger baby tonight then both will stay with the budas and I'll step in and take over as soon as I have to.

I'll get more pics tomorrow.
They are really just way way too cute.

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I hung around in the loft for a half hour this morning waiting and waiting to see if the foster pair (Sylvie and Duchess) were feeding the baby - they ARE!! I didn't see the Friedmans feeding the other, but I checked it out (it's the bigger of the two) and it seems to have milk in it's crop. I'll check again this afternoon and decide if I should switch it down to the foster pair also. I probably will, since they seem to be taking very good care of the baby I gave them - even though they BOTH want to sit in the bowl at the same time!!
Hi again, Karijo! Congratulations on becoming a grandma!

The truth is that two hens as fosters is the VERY BEST CHOICE, so rejoice! it is better to keep the two together, and unless one ougrows the other, actually do better. No problem with a pair of henst as fosters, though. Got size 7 bands for them? They will be ready to band in about 7-9 days. Can't wait to see pics of them as they grow up!
 

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I felt so lucky that my hens laid the very same days that the budas did, AND that the hens chose to lay their 4 eggs in one bowl and sit on them together, alternating sitting duties like a real pair.

I eventually took away 2 of their eggs, then gave them the smaller baby when the eggs hatched - but tonight he just didn't have as full of a crop as the baby I left under the budas did. Do you think I did the right thing switching them, giving the budas a chance to feed the smaller baby? I was expecting to have the hen pair take both babies tonight, so this was a surprise a little. I expected two big birds would have no problem filling up a tiny buda baby...

I want them to survive! I'm so worried about the little stinkers already. :)
 

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The switch seemed to work well last night, both babies have full crops this morning so I'll leave the big baby under the hens and the small one under the budas for now. They really change and grow overnight!! I'm going to get more pics today...
 

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Argh OK I switched them again. The Budas seem to be doing a better job at keeping the crops full. If the foster hen pair don't have it down by bedtime, I am going to let the Budas have both babies. (I have a feeling that's what's going to happen)

The smaller baby seemed to have benefited from being with his real parents all day, his crop is SO full! I'm sure they are like, "what's with all this manhandling and switching!!"

On the plus side... I have an eye opening!!!
I didn't know it would happen so soon!!!
 

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:D OK... can't HELP it................

AWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

I have been so busy with Journey I am just catching up on all the threads.... How SWEET is that!!!!!! When we found our Baby Doves last night in the nest, all we kept saying is "They are SO Itty-Bitty!!!" Way to go Jr........ a 10+ on the Cutness scale!:rolleyes: CONGRATS kariJo!
 
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